31 December 2014

Nigel’s Ham, Cheese & Apple Muffins

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

The Christmas festivities are over once again.  Fun was had, there was laughter, crackers were pulled, poppers popped, bubbles drunk & many cheers, a couple of cocktails, a delicious feast consumed & crazy pass the parcel played All the build-up, all the preparation & in a blink of an eye gone until next year leaving in their wake….well ham, lots of ham.  We have a little bit of a ham mountain. I feel I have almost half a pig in the fridge & though much ham has been consumed over the last few days I am not convinced it is getting any smaller.  

Fortunately I love the Christmas ham & have yet to reach my limits.  But a little variety is definitely required.  A take on Jamie’s ham, spinach & cheese tart has been made & it was so cheesy, creamy delicious I will have to share it.  You can even kid yourself it’s a little healthy as it has some of the green stuff in it! So for the next few weeks I may have to change the name my blog to “Ham” & any tasty suggestions will be most welcome!

First up though were these tasty morsels from Nigel Slater; ham, cheese & apple muffins to be precise. Ever so cheesy which is always a good thing, little nuggets of ham & just the hint of sweetness from the apple.

Nigel’s Ham, Cheese & Apple Muffins

Any full flavoured cheese will work here. I also added a little mustard powder as mustard is such a good friend to ham.  I also think a few chilli flakes or a pinch of cayenne wouldn’t go amiss.

Makes a dozen


275g / 10oz plain flour
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp English mustard powder
Pinch of salt
3 eggs
175g / 6oz yoghurt
200g / 7oz cooked ham, chopped
One small apple, grated
75g / 2.5oz firm, mature cheese, grated
A little grated cheese to finish
You will also need 12 medium-sized bun tins; paper muffin cases


Pre heat oven to 200C/390F.

Line 12 medium-sized muffin tins with paper muffin cases. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, mustard powder and a little salt in a bowl &  mix well together. In a separate bowl, break the eggs & lightly beat them, stir in the yoghurt, the chopped ham &  the grated apple. Fold the cheese into the yoghurt mixture & lightly mix with the dry ingredients. Gently & quickly to keep them airy & light.

Divide the mixture between the 12 cases, grate over a little cheese & bake for 25 minutes till risen & gold & maybe just a few crunchy toasty cheesy bits. Allow to cool, well at least a little before eating.

Nigel says to eat the same day, which would be easy but after all the over indulgence of the past few days there are limits & a desire not to turn in to a muffin! I found warmed through on day 2 with a little butter they made for the perfect tasty breakfast.

Enjoy & have the happiest of New Year’s!

1 comment:

  1. Hope you had angreat Christmas and new year, Mairi! We took our leftover ham on a big camping trip where it was demolished in two days :)


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